The Cleveland Browns have released cornerback Joe Haden after apparently failing to find any takers in the trade market.
On Tuesday it was reported that the Browns were "aggressively" trying to find a taker for Haden, the man who earned both All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors in 2013. He took another Pro Bowl the next year. The reason? NBC Sports says it's because the Browns made a hefty request to Haden:
Haden, the No. 7 overall pick in 2010 out of Florida, is due to make $11.1 million this season.
He's under contract through 2019 at more than $11 million a year, and is averaging $13.5 million overall under his current extension, a five-year, $67.5 million deal signed with more than $45 million guaranteed signed in 2014.
Haden is coming off two groin surgeries and didn't play up to his Pro Bowl potential last season because of the injuries.
Per Cleveland.com, "He's started at cornerback for the Browns since midway through his rookie season, and has covered the best receivers in the league on a week-to-week basis, including Cincinnati's A.J. Green.
"He's due to start again this year, opposite Jamar Taylor. But the Browns signed longtime veteran Jason McCourty in the offseason, and he can start if necessary.
"Second-year pro Briean Boddy-Calhoun, acquired via waivers in 2016, has also come on strong this preseason."
The 28-year-old former Florida Gator has made a ridiculous 100 pass breakups, 19 picks, 377 tackles, four forced fumbled and two sacks, to go along with one touchdown.